Ethics in Medicine

Hypertension: Natural Remedies

Kristen Sparrow • September 29, 2016


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There is a great need for natural methods to lower blood pressure.  It can be a dangerous problem, and the medications have multiple side effects from annoying to disabling. I have published on the use of Acupuncture to lower blood pressure, but there are other natural means.  I am reading “How Not to Die” by Michael Greger MD, sort of so you won’t have to.  It’s long, dense and strangely edited.  But full of info.  On the chapter on Hypertension, these are some of his researched, natural solutions.

Less salt, as I think we all know.  He insists that once you stop salting, you get used to it and prefer.  Could be.

DASH diet is Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension emphasizes fruits, vegetables, and low fat dairy, and less meat.


Flaxseed and hibiscus tea are good too.  “Ground flaxseeds alone induced one of the most potent blood-pressure-lowering  effects ever achieved by a dietary interventions.”  A few tablespoons a day is as good as exercise.

Nitrates in food are  are good because they improve NO (nitric oxide) good for blood vessels.
found in large quantities from top to bottom in the following
1. Arugula
2. Rhubarb
3. Cilantro
4. Butter leaf lettuce
5. Mesclun greens
6. Basil
7. Beet greens
8. Oak leaf lettuce
9. Swiss chard
10. Beets